September 26, 2016
September 26, 2016
Dillian Whyte

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Looking forward to the fight with Ian Lewison (October 7 in Glasgow)?

I can’t wait. I’m pumped. I’m psyched. I’m ready to go. I’m ready to do this.

He didn’t irritate me today [at the press conference]. He’s just talking rubbish really. I know he’s going to be up for the fight, I believe he’s going to come to fight, he’s going to train hard and he’s going to come out swinging, all guns blazing. But he knows I’ve come up and risen above him because he hasn’t taken his career seriously but I know for my fight he will.

What would it mean to you to win the British heavyweight title?

It would mean the world to me to win that belt. I tried before, I came up short unfortunately but it would mean the world to me.

Becoming world champion I would feel like I’ve taken the proper route, the proper channel.

There are a lot changes in the heavyweight division, we don’t know what will happen to Tyson Fury and his titles, what do you think about the state of the heavyweight division at the moment?

There are some good fighters and there are some good fights there. It’s all coming up and it’s all coming together. But I can’t comment on the Tyson Fury situation because I don’t know. I don’t know where he’s at.

So I can’t comment on it, it would be very rude and very disrespectful of me to do so about a fellow professional athlete.

You’ve spent a lot of time on Klitschko camps, what was it like training with Wladimir Klitschko?

It’s hard. Wladimir, when he’s preparing for his fight, he doesn’t care, he just puts in work, he doesn’t care. The main thing is that he gets ready for his fight. He puts in work, he’s aggressive, a strong champion and he comes to bring it. That’s what he does. He actually spars harder than he fights. In sparring he goes for it, in fights he’s a bit more careful and uses his skills. I think he does that in sparring to prepare himself in case it’s difficult in a fight.

He’s an ultimate professional. He’s always on point. He’s focused in a camp as well as in a fight. He keeps his feelings and emotions under control and he just gets on with it.

There’s talk of Klitschko fighting Anthony Joshua, how do you see that?

It is a good fight. I believe that the timing might be right for that fight. Boxing’s all about timing and the timing might be right for him because Wladimir’s on a bit of down at the minute, his mind is all over the place with the Tyson Fury fight in my opinion so it’ll be a good fight. Wladmir’s at the top of his career and AJ’s still going up, so it’ll be a good fight.

I would take the fight because I think the timing may be the right time. If it was offered to me I would definitely take it.

That’s another reason why this fight in Scotland is important.

It’s very important. I need to get through this year unscathed. If I get through this year unscathed and do it properly and get through the right way, then I’ll be more than happy.

Potentially after will it be Dereck Chisora on November 26?

Let’s see how this fight goes. We’ll see what happens and then take it from there.

Also it has to be financially right, because Dereck Chisora is a massive fight. There’s lots of things to be worked out, logistics, finance and timing and everything.